Hoof Care

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 3: The Role of Imaging

November 30, 2016

Find out how veterinarians and farriers rely on imaging to evaluate the horse's hoof. ... Read More

Xena, a canker patient who spent weeks at the University of Illinois receiving treatment, shows off her special shoe covers that hold bandages and medication in place.

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Canker Hoof Infections Make Cranky Horses

November 24, 2016

Canker is a chronic and painful infection of the frog of the hoof. Learn how veterinarians treat and prevent it. ... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 2: Shoeing the "Normal" Hoof

November 23, 2016

A farrier explains what a "normal" horse hoof is supposed to look like and how it affects shoeing. ... Read More

And even with preventive measures, snowballs can build up. Protect your horse from slipping and injury by removing snow and ice from his hooves as it builds up.

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Top Winter Hoof Care Tips

November 20, 2016

Having a winter hoof care plan in place ahead of time can help eliminate worries during the deep freeze.... Read More

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Hot Topics in Hoof Care, Part 1: Horse Hoof Biomechanics

November 15, 2016

Find out how physics plays an important role in how the horse's hoof works and adapts to force. ... Read More

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Got Healthy Hooves? Here's How to Keep Them That Way

November 15, 2016

Consider the big picture--from farrier care and diet to environment and genetics--when maintaining your horse's feet.... Read More

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Horses at Work: Lifestyles of Working and Service Horses

November 14, 2016

Horses that plow, heal, or protect have distinctly different lifestyles than the average riding horse.... Read More

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Winter is Coming: Are Your Horses and Farm Ready?

November 11, 2016

Three equine professionals offer tips for preparing your animals, facilities, and yourself for the deep freeze ahead.... Read More

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Managing and Maintaining the Older Equine Athlete

October 27, 2016

Do you have a mature or senior horse? Find out how to keep him comfortable and competitive as he ages!... Read More

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University of Maryland Extension Hosting Farriery Workshop

October 25, 2016

Lectures will cover hoof anatomy and physiology, the basics of trimming, determining when shoes are necessary, and more.... Read More

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Tips for Preparing Horses for Cold Weather

October 25, 2016

Use these 10 veterinarian-approved tips for keeping your horse healthy and comfortable as winter approaches.... Read More

When you look at the hoof as the horse stands, you are seeing the hoof wall. If you pick up the hoof to look at the bottom, you will see the sole, frog, sulci, heels and bar.

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Trail Horse Hoof Care

October 23, 2016

Learn about the best trimming and shoeing practices to ensure your horse stays sound while traveling the trails.... Read More

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Preventing Disease Spread: Don't Forget About Farriers

October 11, 2016

Farriers should practice smart biosecurity to prevent potential equine disease spread among properties.... Read More

One method of hoof crack repair includes the use of wiring, screws, and patching materials.

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Hoof Cracks: Types and Treatment

October 07, 2016

Whether big or small, these hoof wall imperfections require prompt repair and stabilization.... Read More

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Hoof Pads: What Are They Good For?

September 14, 2016

Sometimes horses need a little extra support or protection. Find out how hoof pads can help.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Laminitis Experience

September 06, 2016

Of the 585 respondents, 372 (64%) said they have owned or managed a horse with laminitis.... Read More

Olympic equine athletes hand graze during downtime at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Behind the Scenes at the Rio 2016 Olympics Equestrian Events

August 25, 2016

While you watched as world-class horses jumped and passaged, farriers, vets, and grooms kept busy back in the barns.... Read More

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10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis

August 24, 2016

Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early.... Read More

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The Tolerable Club Foot

August 17, 2016

Is it worth taking a chance on a horse with a "clubby" foot, and how can you manage one to keep him sound?... Read More

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy on the Trail

August 03, 2016

Ways to prepare for, prevent, and handle potential emergencies on the trail.... Read More

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White Line Disease in Horses

July 31, 2016

Also known as "seedy toe," white line disease is a serious hoof condition that requires vet and farrier intervention.... Read More

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15 is the New 10: Keeping the Middle-Aged Horse Healthy

July 21, 2016

Find out how to keep your middle-aged horse's teeth, feet, joints, and more healthy. ... Read More

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A New Horse With an Unknown History: Where to Start?

July 13, 2016

I purchased a horse, and she came with no health records. How do I get her back on a preventive care regimen?... Read More

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Hoof-Care Triage

July 11, 2016

Punctures, abscesses, and worse: What to do when your horse's hoof is hurting and who to call for help.... Read More

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Miniature Horse Basics: Small Size, Big Responsibility

July 08, 2016

If you're considering a Miniature Horse as a pet or companion, remember that a small size doesn't mean less upkeep.... Read More